Posts Tagged ‘Sun Issues’

Code For Freedom

September 13, 2007

India gained freedom 60 years ago. To commemorate this event, Sun has launched the “Code for Freedom” contest. This is open to all graduate/undergraduate studets in India. The contest will run for 6 months (upto Feb 08).

The prizes include

  • Sun Workstations/Laptops for the grand prize.
  • iPods Shuffles for significant contributors.
  • USB sticks for early bird prizes.
  • T-shirts for each valid submission.
  • Sun hardware for university with the most worthwhile contribution.

You can choose to do your project in any of the following technologies depending on your interest:

 Technology  Type of project  Interests
 OpenSolaris Work on solving bugs here. Solve as many as possible. Try to take on an easy one first and then try to move up the complexity.  C/C++, Operating system, Unix
Improve Project GlassFish by submitting bug reports, bug
fixes, enhancement requests, code, documents and localizations. Click on the left link for more details
 Java, Servlets, Client-Server model.
 NetBeans Code,
Bugs and Documentation for the Netbeans IDE. This is one place where
non-technical users can contribute in the form of tutorials, help
pages, etc.
 IDEs, Java, Netbeans.
code into the Apache derby codebase. Derby is a complete
relational-database implementation with a very small footprint written
fully in Java.
 Java, Database
 Portlets, Bugs, RFEs, Documentation. Work on the technologies (listed in link). Help with the integration with Netbeans.  Java, website, remote accesss


A suggestion to fellow students. Select your project depending upon your interest. It wont matter if you haven’t contributed in the field/project before. This contest is meant to be that bridge. Once you have a topic selected, join all the appropriate mailing lists and IRC channels. Download the relevant source code and look through it. Once you have an idea of the flow of code, you can start with the actual coding. Be sure to learn how to ask questions on a mailing-list. The folks who work on your selected project will be more than happy to help you.

Go here for complete contest guidelines. You can take a look at the rules and FAQ.

Drop any queries you have below.

Welcome to free software. Happy coding!”

as found on Anil Gulecha’s Blog.


Temple of Sun

September 13, 2007

I was quite disappointed with temple of the sun.

It’s an awesome concept.The game is really really good. Games like Prince and Dave never go out of fashion. So imagine my surprise when the game started and I had to jump, shoot and do all the hoopla. And the programming questions were so entertaining! True, they were a bit simple, but I thought Hey, the game has just begun.

So there I was, killing evil bugs and unraveling the mystery of the Developer when, *poof*, game’s over. It lasted a total of five minutes I think. And the real stinker was that the last “question” was to compile a bit of code in SUN STUDIO!!! Now, why would you want this? It’s an insult to the intelligence of the player. I know the whole point was publicity, but this left a bad taste in my mouth.

I have a few suggestions regarding Temple of the Sun.

* This is a great game. Increase the number of levels. Drastically.
* Do not keep “compile in Sun Studio” questions. Instead publicity can be achieved by changing the graphics of the game to incorporate Sun software.
* Keep progressively increasing the difficulty of the questions. This could be a great way to incorporate Java trivia too.
* We can have a few questions where the player needs to answer a question by looking up on the net, or follow a trail of clues online (sort of treasure hunt).
* This could be one of the most innovative ideas to hit the student developer community and grasp their attention.

I hope the people incharge keep developing this game. It is one of the most fun ways to study programming.